Pirates Vs. Giants: Charlie Morton Helps Bucs Snap 10-Game Losing Streak

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 8: Charlie Morton #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning during an MLB baseball game at AT&T Park August 8, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Charlie Morton's eight scoreless innings led the Pirates to their first win since July.

It seemed like the Pirates' recent streak of horrible play would never end, but at long last, the Bucs pulled out a win - and on the road against a good team, no less. Charlie Morton pitched eight shutout innings to lead the Pirates to a 5-0 win over the San Francisco Giants, snapping the Bucs' 10-game losing streak.

Morton wasn't really dominant, allowing a bunch of baserunners throughout the game, but he kept coming up with the outs he needed, getting 15 grounders and two double plays. Clint Hurdle left him in for the eighth despite a rapidly-rising pitch count and he performed well, getting Pablo Sandoval to ground out and striking out Aubrey Huff on a nasty inside fastball.

The Pirates got four extra-base hits, but also got a fair amount of luck with weakly-struck but perfectly-placed hits. They managed 12 hits overall despite striking out 13 times. Garrett Jones went 4-for-5, Ryan Ludwick went 2-for-3 with a walk, and Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with a double. 

The Bucs continue their series against the Giants at 10:15 PM Tuesday night.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Giants, check out McCovey Chronicles and SB Nation Bay Area.

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